January 15th, 2021

Coaldale RCMP arrest man accused of brandishing a knife


By Herald on December 18, 2020.

RCMP have made an arrest after a report of a man brandishing a knife Thursday in Coaldale.

Coaldale RCMP received a complaint just after 3 p.m. of a man who appeared to be upset walking in the area of 22nd avenue and 21st street brandishing a large hunting type knife. Police say at one point he threaten harm to a younger person walking in the same area. RCMP members flooded the area searching for the suspect however was not readily located.

Around 6:30 p.m., a complaint was made regarding a man matching the same description stumbling along a ditch area near 21st avenue. The man was said to appeare disorientated. Patrols of the area were conducted and the man still not located.

Another complaint was lodged around 7:45 p.m. reporting the man police were looking for was in the west area of Coaldale around some local restaurants. A search of the area eventually resulted in the suspect being found in a restaurant washroom. He was arrested without incident.

RCMP say upon arrest a small amount of drugs were located on his person and provided some rationale to his erratic behaviour.

Police say charges will be laid for drug possession and attempted assault with weapon to this 33 year old man, who is transient with no fixed address. The accused is to be released with conditions not be in the Town of Coaldale and will be required to appeare in Lethbridge Provincial Court on March 10, 2021 to answer to the charges.

Coaldale RCMP wish to thank the Coaldale residents for their assistance in helping police to locate this man who was quite evasive given the circumstances.

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